TOEFL Writing

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Practice Writing TOEFL iBT Independent Tasks

Students enrolled in this course will practice writing 7 TOEFL iBT Independent Writing Tasks.

  • First, they will read a short instructional page about the type of essay.
  • Second, they will have an opportunity to write their answer on the topic question.
  • Then the teacher will score the answer and give them feedback on how they can improve.
  • Finally, students can rewrite their answer a second time.

Before you begin, there are 3 things you need to know about this course.

  • First, this is a teacher-assisted, self-study course. That means you will study on your own, but when you have questions or need help, you can contact your teacher.
  • Second, you will need to score at least 80% to pass to the next lesson. If you score less than 80%, don’t worry, you can take the quiz again.
  • Third, your teacher will grade your responses, and send you feedback on how you can improve. (Please allow 1 to 2 business days for a response). Enjoy the course!

Below are 3 examples of typical independent writing topics.

  1. “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Technology helps students learn faster. Use specific reasons and details in your answer.”
  2. “In general, people are living longer than before. Discuss the reasons why people are living longer. Use specific reasons and details to develop your essay.”
  3. “Some people believe plastic shopping bags are harming the earth. Other people believe plastic shopping bags are making the world a better place. What is your opinion? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

What you must know…

  1. Your essay must clearly state your opinion on the topic and support it with strong reasons, details, explanations, facts, or examples.
  2. An effective essay will contain at least 300 words (About 3 or 4 paragraphs).
  3. You will have 30 minutes to plan, write, and rewrite your essay.
  4. Your essay must be well developed and not just a list of information.
  5. Your essay must be organized with transitional words to help readers connect ideas
  6. You must use a variety of grammar and vocabulary
  7. Must follow the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and word order.

Writing Tasks